The Creative Process and Travel


  • Robin Hemley University of Iowa



travel, creative writing, study abroad, student writers, overseas writing conference, Prague summer program


Writing trips overseas are recalled and proposed as a valuable source of inspiration for budding writers when they are thrown into a new context. The focus of discussion is on a program that takes a creative writing class abroad as part of the university curriculum.

Author Biography

Robin Hemley, University of Iowa

Robin Hemley has authored ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including Turning Life into Fiction; Do-Over!; and most recently, A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Travel, and Journalism (University of Georgia Press); and Reply All, his third collection of award-winning stories (Break Away Books, Indiana University Press). He has taught creative writing workshops around the world and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, is the founder of the biennial conference NonfictioNow, is a senior editor at The Iowa Review and the editor of the online magazine, Defunct ( He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.



How to Cite

Hemley, R. (2012). The Creative Process and Travel. Writing and Pedagogy, 4(2), 313–318.



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